2007-09-25 13:08:59 UTC
FROM: The New York Times (September 27th 1974) ~
By The United Press International
PETERBOROUGH, England, Sept. 28
Nikolai Polokous, who as Coco the Clown
brought laughter to British circus audiences
for 60 years, died yesterday in a hospital
here. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Polokous, son of a Russian clown, was
an apprentice before becoming a fully paid
clown at the age of 11.
He came to Britain in 1929 for a four-week
season with the Bertram Mills circus and
stayed with the company for nearly 40 years.
He became a national institution - his
outrageous red wig, bulbous nose and huge
boots an instantly recognized trademark.
He retired after a car accident in 1959 but came
out of retirement with the Roberts Brothers
Circus last year.
"I would still be a clown if I had it over again,"
"You gotta be clever to make a fool of yourself."